Penny Power: G.H. Bass Loafers and Walter White

Who knew it would be so difficult to find good pennies?

When G.H. Bass & Co. hired Bob Martus to photograph new penny loafers for their website, the team struggled to find shiny and clean-looking pennies. Even after an assistant stopped by three different banks and brought back $10 worth of pennies to sift through.

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“Out of a 1000 pennies we found 5 maybes,” Bob said. “The hero was a full frame image of a penny shot with a Sinar and 80 megapixel back.  The pennies at that resolution and that close up looked incredibly dull and dirty.”

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Fortunately, Bob channeled Walter White and used some basic chemistry to clean them up — mixing vinegar and salt will remove built-up copper oxide, which dulls the penny surface.

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“The closest to vinegar we could find at Root Studios was a bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce, and mixed with salt we got some shiny pennies!!”

It’s good to know that 5 years of television can pay off.

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Photographer: Bob Martus

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For more information about any of the Glasshouse photographers or for portfolio requests, please contact:

Kari Nouhan

Photo Agent, Glasshouse Assignment

212-462-4538 kari@glasshouseassignment.com

Charles Ludeke

Associate Photo Rep, Glasshouse Assignment

212-462-4538 charles@glasshouseassignment.com

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